A snappy emotional workout: Bill in a China Shop

Saturday, July 15, 2006.

Author: Katie McAllaster Weaver
Illustrator: Tim Raglin
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582349886

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In fewer than thirty pages of snappy rhyme, this perfectly illustrated book lurches our hearts through bliss, terror, relief, yearning, horror, sorrow, pity, disdain, triumph, gratitude and finally the comfort of friendship.

SUMMARY: A dapper bull with a passion for porcelain teacups finally gains entry to a China Shop and, when rudely rebuked by an intolerant clerk, inadvertently destroys most of the displayed wares. Three distinguished older ladies originally assume Bill is in the wrong but, based on Bill’s obvious remorse, quickly switch allegience and come to his defence with generosity and friendship.


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